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Avoiding Tokenism In Diversity Initiatives

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Diversity and inclusion efforts have gained significant momentum in recent years, and organizations increasingly recognize the importance of creating inclusive environments. However, the tendency to tokenize individuals or groups reduces diversity to mere appearances rather than embracing its true value.

In this episode, we explore the pitfalls of tokenism and its impact on employees and organizations and discuss practical strategies to ensure that diversity initiatives go beyond symbolic gestures. Amrita Pandey joins us in the conversation. Amrita is the HR Business Partner & Lead - DE&I at Colgate Global Business Services.

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Amrita has an overall work experience of over thirteen years. She did her Bachelor of Technology from SRM Institute of Science and Technology ad her MBA from the Xaviers Institute of Social Service. Before her time at Colgate, she worked at various organizations, including Tata Consultancy Services, Nomura, and Hero MotoCorp.

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Show Notes

(04:25) Why are DEI initiatives so important in today's workplaces, and how can they benefit both employees and organizations?

(09:40) What is tokenism, and why it's crucial to address it in the context of diversity initiatives?

(12:05) How can organizations ensure they are not engaging in tokenism, and instead create meaningful opportunities for underrepresented groups?

(17:10) Can you provide examples of specific HR policies or practices that can be adjusted or implemented to promote genuine diversity and inclusion?

(21:55) What long-term benefits organizations can expect to see when they successfully avoid tokenism?

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